We love to create stories. Most of the time they aren’t real, but they have some basis in reality. We lift people’s names and personality traits. We use the obvious and ones sometimes discussed at family gatherings.
The creative process is not always understood by those who enjoy it. They are constantly amazed at scenes cut, why it takes year to write a novel or why it is hard to create believable plots.
But when they see THEMSELVES in a book or story, real trouble can occur. It is better to let them see the final version and get pissed off. Who knows, you might change details along the way and they could get testy over something that isn’t going to make the final cut.
Just let them read the final. Trying to explain why your best friend is portrayed as a mass murder in a story, is not always easy.
And then comes the real hard one – how do you know about THAT!?!
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